October 15th.- Ranting

It’s this time, before Nanowrimo starts, that I start to stress and wonder if fighting with myself for an entire month is really worth the outcome….

I’ve already seen some people really bashing the whole “50,000 words in one 30 days” thing and talking about how un-creative it is to push yourself to complete a story that long, in such a short time.  Some of which are the same ones that bickered about it last year too (and probably the year before) and I’ve seen them really step on those of us that want to do it and find the challenge enjoyable.

What is the point?

If it’s not your thing, Cool! If it is, even Cooler! 🙂

But let’s try not to shove our opinions down someone else’s throat and belittle them.  It breaks my soul when I’ve been talking to someone (especially someone younger than me) and find out they had tried Nanowrimo once before and never finished it because they were being  picked on and made to feel like it really wasn’t that important, and that they were wasting their time. 😦

Your writing matters!

Weither you finishing the word goal or not, Nanowrimo can be such a helpful tool in the creative process of completing a novel.

And the community is well worth it too!

Even if you just join to make friends and follow your own word count goals, its worth it.

And BOO to anyone who say’s otherwise! lol

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NaNoWriMo 2018…Is almost Here!!!

Ok, so this time last year I started asking people who was joining and participating in NaNoWriMo and ended up meeting some amazing writers and even better friends 🙂  

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I had so much fun with it last year, I’m overly excited about this year.  Last year I think I joined 5 different Facebook groups! I even ended up in a group with like, 3 other people (small but way better!) and we spent the entire month helping one another along, learning about each others daily struggles and really being there for one another.

Simply the best NaNoWriMo experience to date!

So, If you’re joining (or thinking about it but not sure) let me know! I’d love to chat with you more.

 

Jen

 

I can’t Blog today! 😂

How on earth does one manage to write semi coherent things for people to read everyday?

I can journal everyday, that’s no problem at all. But actually writing something worth while and worth taking up someone’s time to read?.. That’s a different story.

 What do people even want to read? Do that many people even read lifestyle blogs anymore, ones that aren’t about making millions from home and quitting your job to be a full-time fashion/food lover/travel blogger?

Maybe I’ve watched to many Awkward episodes and I am expecting to much from my generation these days?   Lol 😂

Originally I started blogging (way back a few platforms ago) as a way to practice and hone my writing skills, share the books I was enjoying at the time and meet others who shared the same interests.

Blogging seemed the best platform since MySpace had ended, Facebook was (and still is) boring and Twitter just didn’t have enough characters. Lol

The downside to blogging though is trying to come up with things to write about everyday. 🤷🏻‍♀️🧐

How do you do it?

How does one come up with worth while content and stories to share on a daily or semi daily bases?

And do they even need to seem like “worth while stories” to you or do you just wing it and hope someone enjoys it?

I feel like I bounce between pure Rambles and Life updates … and if someone finds it worth while, then yeah me! 😄 lol

Otherwise the art of actually writing to bringing in clients/ followers via blogging just isn’t a skill I’ve mastered … yet 😉

Jen

Workaholic? Joyrider? Where do you fall in at life?

I’m working on 5 different blog posts right now and a new project I’m hoping to launch in the next month or so 😊(yeah me 🙏🏼)

Definitely being a busy bee since coming back from my vacation home

I’m both happy and slightly nerve racked to be back on the grind, retraining my brain to focus on my plans and deadlines VS thinking about lazy days and sunshine.

“If we really want it, we’ll do everything in our power to make it happen.”

Now that doesn’t always mean we’re dropping all contact with the outer world, ditching our friends and blowing off social commitments until we hit our goals.

Although for some, that works best for them.

We all don’t have to sacrifice fun and the enjoyment of living our lives just because we have business commitments

👆🏼 Read it, remember it, use it daily.

People tend to lean one way or the other.

They’re either workaholics or joyriders when it comes to their lives and futures. And both groups will inevitably get annoyed with the other.

The Workaholics : Those who put their priorities above most enjoyment and get dumped on for never having fun, going wild or partying it up with the rest of them. All while they’re also envied when they reach certain stepping stones and hear the never ending “you’re so lucky to have that/ be able to do that!” 🙄 blah ..

Lucky?

No, luck doesn’t have anything to do with it. Some just set plans and make their priorities fall in line with them. Why should they sacrifice their dreams just for a weekend of partying or those friends who always lead to trouble ?

“If we really want it, we’ll do everything in our power to make it happen.”

It’s as simple as that

Others,

The Joyriders: They really don’t care what they do. Mostly live pay-check to pay-check, live beyond their means and consistently feel the need to bash those who “have it all figured out” or “always get what they want“. Never admitting that their own lack of effort and commitment is what’s keeping them behind.

They’re the type who always seems to have an excuse and a complaint.

Personally, I fall in the workaholic category.

Kind of an 80/20 rule…

I like having a set plan, figuring out what my top to lower priorities are and focusing all my attention on reaching those set goals. As long as I feel I’m giving my priorities the attention they deserve, I’ll still keep living my life and hanging out with my friends and managing that (hard to find) ideal balance between work and play. 👌🏼

But when living life and being with friends or family begin to suffocate my goals and set me back… I cut ties for a while.

And that’s NOT a bad thing!

You have to remember that we’re all individual people, we have to take care of our own needs and wants. Always worrying about what others will think or say… or complain about and accuse… that negativity will kill you both.

One will stop living their life just so they can complain about yours and the other with eventually get tired of being dumped on that they themselves will develop a negative outlook on their life.

Makes for a viscous cycle of unhappiness if you ask me.

So what would you call yourself? A workaholic, joyrider or someone in the middle?

Jen

A writers time is now

“We’re not meant to be normal”

I’ve heard that so many times in the last week, in regards to writers and the overly creative hearts.

We really aren’t meant to be normal, not even a little bit. We can pretend we enjoy the nitty gritty of the real world and work right along with the best of them, building our name, climbing the ladder of success.

But are we truly happy doing it?

We can justify the money, the acknowledgment and the sense of achievement we get from moving on up in the real world…. but are we really truly happy and fulfilled?

I feel, in most cases, we are not.

Not unless that ladder and those achievements revolve around our need to be creative. Because that is our real world.

Some of us are not meant to feel fulfilled working the 9-5 gimmick.

I honestly end up feeling so stifled and hushed once I reach the point in my muggle job where things are running in an autopilot mode and I no longer feel challenged.

In some cases, I like it. The more I run on auto at work, the faster I get things done and (in reality) the sooner I am released to focus on my writing.

But In most cases, that isn’t how things play out.

I usually end up with more on my plate simply because I’ve proven myself to be a reliable asset and dedicated worker .

If only they knew I really just wanted to leave , sip on some tea and get lost in a few far away worlds.

I know this started off as smart and turned into a ramble rant lol but heck, that’s how my mind has been running lately.

Might as well just go with it

Jen

This is what words look like? lol…

Same old, same old with me.

I’ve been working a lot and not spending as much time as I need to be spending on my writing or my current TBR pile… I’m afraid I’ll not reach the end of these books anytime soon…

I’m really hoping to spend this weekend working on a few revisions and some edits for a new project of mine.      I’m excited to see this one through to the end. It’s only one of a few stories I’ve come up with that I honestly have no idea what the ending will be like, so It’s bringing up a few new challenges and struggles for me.

I’ve been tinkering with the idea (and doing some light research) on finding a literary agent for my books…  Not sure what will come of this just yet, but it’s an idea that has come to mind a few times and I feel it’s worth the energy to look into a bit more.

On the TBR pile note: I’ve stacked up a good …12…16… I honestly lost count lol       

But! I’m determined to finish at least one before the month is over!  So I need to get cracking on it!

My reading pace has slowed way down since this time last year…ugh… I need to work on bringing it back up to snuff

 

Anyway! There’s my mini life update 🙂 

Jen

Why must we (as writers) explain our need to write?

Ok, so writing-related post here (of course, why am I even stating it?) I don’t know lol.

Anyway, writing.

Or better yet, What I’m writing these days.

Right now, I’m working on my next book series (7 in total) along with two other novels.  I’m hoping to have completed the 2 novels by the end of this year and to have most of my 7-book series, somewhat laid out and organized.

It’s honestly been rough trying to find the time (an energy) to sit down, relax my brain, and focus on my stories lately.

I’ve felt very stifled recently.

It seems the more I try to focus on my work, the more I’m needing to explain myself and the importance of my writing. I do believe no one really understands the creative process or how much it means to someone until they themselves have tried to create something they’re passionate about.

And It’s not like I’m completely shutting myself off from the world (even though I’d love to do that right about now). I’m honestly trying my hardest to balance it all.

Yes, I’m still young enough to believe it is fully possible to do what you love, hold a steady job (if it’s not your passion you’ve turned into a thriving business) and still manages to have an active social life.

I see all these writers on social media out having a blast with their friends, traveling to book conventions and enjoying writing seminaries, all while still managing to put out new content and publications.  And I’m always left feeling very underachieved and behind with the times.

And then having to justify why I want to spend an hour reading or why I like to spend time/money in a bookstore, just makes me even more irritated and frustrated with life.

Ugh!

Lol, I’m not mopping right, to be honest.

I’m just venting out my frustrations in the hope I’m not the only one dealing with these issues.

The life of a writer, I suppose.

Rant over lol

-Jen

Small changes , big inspiration

Funny how the slightest of changes can stir up the most inspiration. 😊

Added a few things to my writing space over this past week. And it’s made me feel even more dedicated to my writing and completing my stories.

Changing your space really helps the mental train work a little…differently. I can’t say faster, but different does feel like the right word to use here.

Happy writing guys 💞

-Jen

Traveling thoughts/Ramble

Do you ever have those moments where you are driving down the road and suddenly feel extreamly small and overwhelmed by either the scenery or the traffic?

If the highway goes from 2 or 3 lanes to 6 … I become stressed out and my anxiety is on high gear.  Even if I’m only a passenger and not the one currently in control of the car 😳….🤦🏻‍♀️

But take me to the country side (or mountains for this matter) and the feeling is quite different. I don’t feel overwhelmed in a way that scares me, but in a way that leaves me completely at awe.

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I’ve driven through this section of Tennessee / Kentucky twice now , and both times I was left completely jaw dropped at its beauty.

The first trip the colours of fall were still very vivid and mesmerising 😍 This trip the green of spring has finally settled in.

Watching the mountains roll along and listening to the breeze and sounds of nature always leave me feeling calm and inspired ✨

I’m not the preachy type, or churchy type for that matter. Over the years I found that I feel the closet to God simply sitting out in the world he created.

Something about the breeze, the chirping birds (and the occasionally bug bite) make me feel like he’s taken the time to sit down and enjoy the view right along with me.

🤔 Now that I’ve rambled on a bit and seem to have lost my original train of thought 😅

Here’s a short video I took with my phone while we drove through ☺️

Are we even still around?

It’s been a long, long time since I sat down and let the voices in my head run freely onto the page (or screen)…

I believe they are starting to question my love for them and if I still care enough about them to ever set them free.

 

So, with that being said.  I’m sitting here sipping on my second cup of green tea while I try to figure out what exactly made me give up and stopped writing so much.    I have an amazing (If I toot my own horn- Toot Toot 😉 lol ) story sitting in my briefcase halfway through the second draft, and countless other notes and partial stories sitting right alongside it.  So why am I not diving into completing them??

I keep saying its “Life” and getting too caught up with working versus relaxing and taking the time to “work” on what I love and what one day I hope will be one of my main sources of financial stability. But the fact is, or what I now have come to terms with, is it’s not “Life” that is throwing a wrench in my brain train, its that I’ve lost my sense of privacy.

I’m a very private writer, I like to lock myself up in my house (or room… or car… or hide in the woods.. lol whichever fuels my thought process) and since I’ve switched jobs and have been spending more time traveling and not really having a set schedule to go by, my mind just doesn’t seem to feel as free as it did when I was home.

It is far beyond time to change that.